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#1 May 11 2011 at 5:22 AM Rating: Decent
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Ok I am playing on a brand new i5 Sandy Bridge machine with a high end Nvidia card inside (ill note the name when I get home), but I get some weird issues with character shadows at times, where they appear in like a gradient fill across the character, instead of just a shadow or shaded area. Any reason why I might be experiencing this?

(Ill post a screenshot when I get home too)

Should point out too that I can play all games on my system at the moment on full or next to full with no slowdown and no graphical artifacts or screen tearing, and the same effect in other games works fine.

Edited, May 11th 2011 7:32am by clarkeyboy
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#2 May 11 2011 at 5:51 AM Rating: Good
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Is this the same bug I'm getting? http://www.nivicare.com/doh/CarpenterDelivery.jpg

I notice the same shadows glitch in WoW, depending on which face the shadows are. Especially noticeable in Stormwind, against white brick walls.

Because of that, I used to think something in my vidcard (ATI) was busted, but I read that this is actually what happens when games aren't coded right -- because my vid card is pretty high end (or was when I bought it)
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#3 May 11 2011 at 6:29 AM Rating: Decent
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Unless you have the settings pushed up far, I find the shadows look kinda bad and distracting--a lot of the female characters appear bearded.
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#4 May 11 2011 at 7:12 AM Rating: Decent
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Yes Docent thats exactly it :) - Shame because otherwise it looks like im playing a CGI sequence :D
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#5 May 11 2011 at 8:11 AM Rating: Good
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clarkeyboy wrote:
Yes Docent thats exactly it :) - Shame because otherwise it looks like im playing a CGI sequence :D

Yeah, you must have a good / somewhat recent videocard, then. It has apparently to do with how shaders or shadows or something is programmed. Most of the time it's fine, but often it looks like the shadows have been hand-drawn, like the filters they use in Wild Arms or something.

It annoys me mostly on screenshots, when I'm playing I usually stop noticing after a while, unless it's blatantly obvious (which is really depending on the angle my character is facing, and so on). Makes me /sigh, and I'm hoping a driver update will eventually get rid of it. (I tried tweaking settings, like putting AA or AF on and off, and such, but haven't found any option that eliminates the problem. Some do seem to lower the issue, but I'll take smooth framerate over slightly less glitchy shadows)
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#6 May 11 2011 at 8:59 AM Rating: Decent
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At the moment im working through each graphical option to see if it stops it, it's not massively annoying, but when it only happens in this game, it's like having an itch you can't reach :(
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